AP Photo – The rebuilt 139 year old Lajta monitor is pictured on the River Danube in downtown Budapest, Hungary, Friday, Aug. 20, 2010. The Lajta (ex SMS Lajtha) was built in the nineteenth century as the first unit of the Austrian-Hungarian Monarchy’s river monitor fleet. It was first in action in 1878, later fought in various battles and clashes of WWI and after the war it operated as an excavator for seven decades. Due to an extensive reconstruction work it was rebuilt and will serve as a museum ship.
RockyMountainNavy Comment: Compare this to the Olympia disaster going on in the US. At least the Hungarians respect their naval heritage.